Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: North Carolina State University
Residency Training: University of Georgia
Certification: Diplomate ACVS (1997)
Dr. Julie Smith completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. She earned her DVM at UC Davis in 1992. Following veterinary school, Dr. Smith completed an internship at North Carolina State University, and a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Georgia. Dr. Smith also served as an Assistant Professor of small animal surgery at Kansas State University before joining SAGE in 1997. She became a board certified surgeon in 1997.
Dr. Smith’s passion for professional development spurred her to become certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (2008) and earn her MBA at St. Mary’s College (2013). Dr. Smith has taken a very active role in the management of SAGE Veterinary Centers since 2002, and served as SAGE’s Medical Director from 2013 to 2018. In 2018 she stepped into a new role as Chief Strategy Officer to help chart the future course of our state-of-the-art hospitals.
On the business side, Dr. Smith’s extensive background in all aspects of veterinary medicine allows her to bring a unique perspective to the role of Medical Director in helping to guide the continuing growth of SAGE. Dr. Smith also works with national veterinary groups to stay connected with the veterinary industry as a whole. She is the Treasurer for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and Past President of the Veterinary Specialist Awareness and Outreach Project (VetSOAP). In 2017 Dr. Smith was recognized for the impact she has made within the veterinary services industry and received the annual Silicon Valley Business Journal – Women of Influence Award. Most recently, Dr. Smith was appointed to the At-Large position on AVMA’s Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee (VESC), where she assists in advising the AVMA Board the scope of economic issues effecting veterinary medicine.
On the clinical side, Dr. Smith particularly enjoys the challenges of endocrine surgery (adrenal tumor removal, pancreatic tumor removal, etc.), as well as urinary tract and liver shunt surgeries. She is also extremely passionate about pain management, osteoarthritis, and the positive effect that weight management, exercise, and physical rehabilitation can have on the health and well-being of small animals.